Unions & strikes

Trade unions can form a valuable and effective part of the employment relations framework of organisations. For those employers who recognise trade unions, we assist in a variety of ways including:

  • drafting collective and recognition agreements;
  • advising on information and consultation requirements, including in relation to business transfers (under TUPE) and collective redundancies;
  • advising in relation to collective bargaining issues and changes to contracts of employment in a unionised environment;
  • advising in relation to trade union recognition and collective agreement issues in the context of business transfers (under TUPE).

We also assist employers with union issues in situations where unions are not recognised or where relations with unions have become less than constructive, including:

  • assisting employers to oppose applications for mandatory trade union recognition;
  • advising as to whether proposed industrial action is lawful, including with regard to the statutory balloting and information requirements;
  • advising in relation to picketing and secondary industrial action;
  • advising in relation to deductions from pay in the context of industrial action;
  • acting for employers seeking injunctions to prevent strikes;
  • advising in relation to the settlement and/or mediation of collective disputes.